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COMMEMORATION: New entrance sign of Watford FC 1919-20 squad installed at King George V Playing Fields 

 Published on: 12th May 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

To highlight the heritage of the town and the importance of Watford FC within the community, new commemorative artwork featuring the clubs players from the 1919-1920 season has been installed at the entrance to King George V Playing Fields. 

The memorial – created in partnership by the football club, Watford Borough Council and Watford Museum – features most of the Watford FC players from that season, and was chosen as it was the team from the early years of George V’s reign.

The park’s name originates from Britain’s 60th monarch King George V, who ruled from 1910 to 1936, and founded the independent charity, Fields in Trust, which has protected over 2,800 green spaces since it was founded in 1925. 

The artwork also highlights the squad that played and trained across many of the town’s parks and open spaces, supported by King George V and the Fields in Trust, before the club found their current home at Vicarage Road Stadium in 1922.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “Watford Football Club have played an enormous part in our community for many years and the new entrance honours the club, the players from the 1919-1920 season and also the work of King George V protecting parks across the UK.

“They all helped lay down the foundations for what we love about our town today. It’s really important we invest in making our parks even better and celebrate the heritage of our town. I have received wonderful comments from many residents, including a number of relatives who were touched by the artwork and how it ensures their families are never forgotten.”

Following King George V’s death in 1936, 471 parks and playing fields were protected following donations of both money and land as a fitting memorial and are identifiable by the heraldic plaques that signify their status as a King George V Field.

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